Entry threshold requirements for BDS (dentistry) and MBChB (Medicine) for international students

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From: Jenny

Dear University of Otago,

May I please have threshold entry requirements for BDS (dentistry) and MBChB (medicine) from HSFY for international students, if we have a different threshold from domestic students.

My requests include:

1. Entry requirements (academic grades) for BDS (dentistry) and MBChB (medicine) from HSFY for international students

2. Lowest academic grades of international students who got into BDS (dentistry) and MBChB (medicine) in the last 5 years

3. Number of international students who got into BDS (dentistry) and MBChB (medicine) in the last 5 years

4. Number of international students who did HSFY in the last 5 years including 2022

Additional questions:

1. Is there any change in the threshold for entry requirements (such as academic grades) for BDS (dentistry) and MBChB (medicine) due to international students not having to take UCAT?

2. Is there a set number of international students & set academic grade threshold for BDS (dentistry) and MBChB (medicine) entry?

3. Was there any changes made due to Covid-19? (eg. decreasing/increasing the acceptance rate of international students for BDS (dentistry) and MBChB (medicine))

I appreciate your effort and time spent answering my requests and questions.

Yours sincerely,
Jenny

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University of Otago

Kia ora Jenny

We acknowledge receipt of your Official Information Act request.

If we have any questions or need to seek clarification on any points we will be in touch soon. Otherwise, we will seek to respond to your request as soon as practicable and no later than 20 working days after the date your request was received (by 5 May 2022). If we are unable to respond to your request by then, we will notify you of an extension of this timeframe.

Ngā mihi
Kelsey

Kelsey Kennard
Official Information and Compliance Coordinator

Office of the Registrar | Te Tari o Te Pouroki me te Kaituhi ki te Kaunihera
University of Otago | Te Whare Wānanga o Otāgo
New Zealand | Aotearoa
Email | Īmera [University of Otago request email]

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From: UoO - Official Information Act
University of Otago

Kia ora Jenny

 

I refer to your information request made under the Official Information
Act 1982 dated 4 April 2022. You have requested information in relation to
entry to the Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) and Bachelor of Medicine and
Bachelor of Surgery (MB ChB) programmes via the Health Sciences First Year
(HSFY) category for International students.

 

Please see our responses to each of your questions below.

 

Entry requirements (academic grades) for BDS and MB ChB from HSFY for
international students

 

For entry to the BDS programme, International Students must meet the same
academic thresholds as all other HSFY students, as per the [1]programme
regulations. Those students who meet the thresholds are offered an
interview. They must attend the interview and meet the interview threshold
in order to be considered for entry to the programme.

 

For entry to the MB ChB programme, International Students must meet the
same academic thresholds as all other HSFY students, as per the
[2]programme regulations.

 

Lowest academic grades of international students who got into BDS and MB
ChB in the last 5 years

 

Please see the below table which shows the minimum academic scores to
receive offers to the BDS and MB ChB programmes via the HSFY category for
International Students over the past five years:

 

+------------------------------------------------------------------------+
|  | Minimum academic score to receive an offer (HSFY, International |
| | Students) |
|----+-------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Year| BDS | MB ChB |
|----+-----------------------------------+-------------------------------|
|2018| 70.00 | 72.08 |
|----+-----------------------------------+-------------------------------|
|2019| 77.29 | 67.58 |
|----+-----------------------------------+-------------------------------|
|2020| 67.43 | 74.14 |
|----+-----------------------------------+-------------------------------|
|2021| 69.71 | 78.29 |
|----+-----------------------------------+-------------------------------|
|2022| 67.14 | 72.71 |
+------------------------------------------------------------------------+

 

Number of international students who got into BDS and MB ChB in the last 5
years

 

Please see the below table which shows the number of International
Students who received and accepted offers to the BDS and MB ChB programmes
via the HSFY category for International Students over the past five years:

 

+------------------------------------------------------------------------+
|  | Number of students to receive offers |Number of students to accept|
| | (HSFY, International Students) |offers (HSFY, International |
| | | Students) |
|----+--------------------------------------+----------------------------|
|Year| BDS | MB ChB | BDS | MB ChB |
|----+-------------+------------------------+------------+---------------|
|2018| 16 | 12 | 12 | 9 |
|----+-------------+------------------------+------------+---------------|
|2019| 18 | 14 | 14 | 8 |
|----+-------------+------------------------+------------+---------------|
|2020| 30 | 15 | 25 | 10 |
|----+-------------+------------------------+------------+---------------|
|2021| 15 | 13 | 13 | 8 |
|----+-------------+------------------------+------------+---------------|
|2022| 10 | 14 | 5 | 11 |
+------------------------------------------------------------------------+

 

Number of international students who did HSFY in the last 5 years
including 2022

 

Please see the below table which shows the number of International
Students enrolled in the HSFY programme over the past five years, as well
as the total number of students enrolled in the HSFY programme over the
past five years.

 

Please note that the data counts students enrolled in HSFY as at 30 April
each year. Please also note that some students move out of the HSFY
programme between semesters one and two.

 

+------------------------------------------------------------------------+
| |Number of International Students|Total number of students enrolled |
|Year| enrolled in HSFY | in HSFY (including International |
| | | Students) |
|----+--------------------------------+----------------------------------|
|2018| 92 | 1,439 |
|----+--------------------------------+----------------------------------|
|2019| 125 | 1,480 |
|----+--------------------------------+----------------------------------|
|2020| 75 | 1,326 |
|----+--------------------------------+----------------------------------|
|2021| 66 | 1,390 |
|----+--------------------------------+----------------------------------|
|2022| 95 | 1,354 |
+------------------------------------------------------------------------+

 

 

Please also see our responses to each of your additional questions below.

 

Is there any change in the threshold for entry requirements (such as
academic grades) for BDS and MB ChB due to international students not
having to take UCAT?

 

For both the BDS and MB ChB programmes, there are no changes in academic
thresholds as a result of International Students not being required to sit
the UCAT in 2022.

 

Is there a set number of international students and set academic grade
threshold for BDS and MB ChB?

 

For entry to the 2022 BDS programme, up to 68 places were available for
International Students. As noted above, International Students must meet
the same academic thresholds as all other HSFY students in order to be
considered for entry to the BDS programme.

 

For entry to the 2022 MB ChB programme, up to 20 places were available for
International Students. As noted above, International Students must meet
the same academic thresholds as all other HSFY students in order to be
considered for entry to the MB ChB programme.

 

Were there any changes made due to Covid-19? (e.g. decreasing/increasing
the acceptance rate of international students for BDS and MB ChB?

 

For both the BDS and MB ChB programmes, there were no changes made
specifically to entry requirements or acceptance rates for International
Students as a result of Covid-19.

 

 

We trust you will find this information helpful.

 

Ngā mihi

Kelsey

 

 

Kelsey Kennard

Official Information and Compliance Coordinator

 

Office of the Registrar | Te Tari o Te Pouroki me te Kaituhi ki te
Kaunihera

University of Otago | Te Whare Wānanga o Otāgo

New Zealand | Aotearoa

Email | Īmera [3][University of Otago request email]

 

 

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